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By Jonathan Moreland, founder of Insider Insights and author of Profit From Legal Insider Trading.

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Which stocks are getting attention from insiders?

In a victory for common sense, tracking the trading behavior of company executives, directors and large shareholders in the stocks of companies at which they're registered as "insiders" has proven to be profitable, according to both academic studies and (more important) the experience of professional investors.

Below are lists of the top 10 mainly open-market insider purchases and sales filed at the Securities and Exchange Commission Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 as ranked by dollar value.

Please note, however, that these are factual lists, not buy and sell recommendations. Dollar value is only one metric to assess the importance of an insider transaction, and, frankly, often not even the most important metric that determines if an insider transaction is significant.

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At InsiderInsights.com, we find new investment ideas just about every day using these and more intricate insider screens to determine where we should focus our subsequent fundamental and technical analysis. And while stocks don't (or shouldn't) move up or down based on insider activity alone, insiders tend to be good indicators of when real stock-moving events like earnings surprises, corporate actions, and new products may be in the offing.

So use these regular blog posts as the initial research tools they are meant to be, and click the links in the tables to analyze a company's or insider's full insider history. Also feel free to email us with any questions on our proprietary insider data, and how it is best analyzed.

<p>#:</p><p>Filer Name</p><p>Insider Titles</p><p>Company Name</p><p>Ticker</p><p>Trans<br>Type</p><p>Dollar Value</p>

1

Pelletier Mark

PR,CIO

Am Cap Sr Floating

ACSF

JB*

$495,000

2

Knapp Robert C

DIR

MVC Capital

MVC

B

$494,583

3

Seward George L

DIR

Synergy Resources

SYRG

B

$299,661

4

Reed Colin V

CB,CEO,DIR

Ryman Hospitality

RHP

B

$235,673

5

Axon Thomas J

CB,PR,BO

Franklin Credit

FCRM

JB*

$200,000

6

Cook Guy S

BO

Bacterin Intl

BONE

B

$102,816

7

Michael Cerullo

VP

Am Cap Sr Floating

ACSF

JB*

$101,250

8

Dratch Dana

VP

Am Cap Sr Floating

ACSF

JB*

$75,000

9

Eberwein Jeffrey

CB,PR,DIR

Spatializer Audio

SPZR

JB*

$50,000

10

Eberwein Jeffrey

PR,DIR

Reliability

RLBY

JB*

$50,000

Source: InsiderInsights.com | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

<p>#:</p><p>Filer Name</p><p>Insider Titles</p><p>Company Name</p><p>Ticker</p><p>Trans<br>Type</p><p>Dollar Value</p>

1

Page Lawrence

CEO,DIR,BO

Google

GOOG

AS

$38,390,244

2

Feld Peter A

DIR

Integrated Device

IDTI

S

$14,406,700

3

Third Rock Vent

BO

Bluebird Bio

BLUE

S

$6,884,500

4

Batra Rajiv

VP

Palo Alto Net

PANW

AS

$6,257,990

5

Singh Rajeev

COO,PR,DIR

Concur Tech

CNQR

AS

$4,800,520

6

Emmett Dan A

CB,DIR

Douglas Emmett

DEI

AS

$3,443,978

7

Ebersman David

CFO

Facebook

FB

S

$3,263,279

8

Dolby Dagmar

BO

Dolby Labs

DLB

AS

$2,883,019

9

Schroepfer Michael

CTO

Facebook

FB

S

$2,242,071

10

Jacobson Mitchell

DIR,BO

MSC Industrial

MSM

S

$2,210,650

Source: InsiderInsights.com | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes